- to mark or diversify with spots or blotches of a different color or shade.
- a diversifying spot or blotch of color.
- mottled coloring or pattern.
Origin of mottle
Related Words for mottlestipple, freckle, sprinkle, speck, variegate, spot, flake, patch, fleck, mosaic, dapple, dot, besprinkle, pepper, bespeckle, brindle, punctate
Examples from the Web for mottle
Historical Examples of mottle
Let God make His sunsets: I will mottle my little fading cloud.Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood
Ginsburg put up his gloved hand and wiped clean a face that with passion had turned a mottle of red-and-white blotches.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
Gangs of buffalo, herds of antelope, and droves of wild horses, mottle the far vistas.The Scalp Hunters
- (tr) to colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
- a mottled appearance, as of the surface of marble
- one streak or blotch of colour in a mottled surface
Word Origin for mottle
1670s, probably a back-formation from motley.